Planning a wedding and reception is the classic hurry-up-and-wait situation. Once you are engaged, there are a lot of things to do right away: choose your wedding date, find wedding and reception venues, buy your gown, and hire a photographer and other wedding professionals. Through the months while you wait for your wedding, there are more things to do: order invitations, select your jewelry and more.
One month before your wedding, your to-do list expands. It’s time to tally invitation responses for the caterer, attend bridal showers and bachelor or bachelorette parties, find housing for wedding guests, do run-throughs for hair and makeup, buy decorations for the venues and work out many details. By the time you get to your wedding day, there’s still more to do, yet you are supposed to enjoy this special day that you have meticulously planned for months — or maybe years. It is an exhausting schedule.
What’s a bride to do? Plan a wedding and reception that matches your style, energy level and budget. Smaller weddings may take less time, energy and money to organize. Will that suit you better? What’s your style? Is it large and loud or small and casual?
Ask reliable friends and family members for help. Consider hiring a wedding planner-coordinator. When making the decision whether to hire a professional planner, ask yourself these questions:
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